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The body of Christ ascended with him into heaven, as was witnessed by his disciples and many others. Luke 24 (ESV): 50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and ...


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The atonement theology is a complicated one to explain. To the believers, it is a simple acceptance of one's imperfection and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the perfect one to render us perfect in the eyes of God. To the unbelievers, it is foolishness that God would become human to die for their sins. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those ...


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Elijah resurrected the son of a widow in Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-24) Elisha resurrected the son of the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:8-35) A dead man came back to life when he touches Elisha's bones (2 Kings 13:21) Jesus resurrected the widow's son at Nain (Luke 7:11-15) Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus, a Synagogue leader from the dead (Matthew 9:18-25, ...


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Hands down, Eusebius is your best bet for an "historical" (by which I assume you mean non-biblical) account of the early church. Eusebius is often called the 'Father of Church History'. Although he was not active until the 200s, his work is usually considered by historians of all types - from Dan Wallace to Bart Ehrmann to be the pre-eminent collector of ...


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I assume you're refering to Mark 12:25 where it says: When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (NIV) First a couple of notes on context. This was the answer to a trick question from a group of Sadducees. The Sadducees were an elitist liberal group similar to the Pharisees, who were an ...


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I once hear this story that really helped me understand Do you know why Jesus had to die? Can I tell you a story that might help make it clear? There is a story told about a particular Indian tribe who was suffering from the effects of a severe drought. Food was scarce and the members of the tribe were beginning to steal from each other in order ...


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The Bible often uses the word sleep to refer to those who are dead, especially those who are going to be resurrected to life. So I think Jesus meant that the girl was not dead forever, without hope. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning (Psalm 90:5) Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth ...


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In addition to David Stratton's great answer, reincarnation has a very different idea of the nature of the soul and spirit. As you can see in the word's form, it is based on incarnation, when a spirit takes on flesh. The Eastern religions which believe in reincarnation believe that the soul or spirit is eternal and just temporarily takes on a body. This is ...


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Reincarnation involves living again, but having another life in a new body, as a new person/being. On this one, Wikipedia is as good a source as any. Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral ...


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The answer is because Jesus was without sin. When Adam and Eve first sinned, not only were they thrown out of the Garden of Eden, but they were also rendered mortal; they were now capable of dying. Everyone who sins dies, and everyone sins. Even those before Jesus who died and were returned to life (like Lazarus) still had to die again later. Jesus however ...


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In a family, the firstborn son had special privileges that set Him above all others. Jesus, in ushering in the resurrection for all, had the privileges of that firstborn son. Note: For a long time, I used to think of this strictly in chronological terms - but it isn't warranted. Elijah & Elisha resurrected dead people. Lazarus and Jairus' daughter ...


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Some inferences can be drawn from scripture, particularly from 1 Corinthians 15: But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (v14 NIV) This indicates to us that Christ's resurrection should be viewed in a different manner than previous examples of people being raised from the dead (Lazarus, Widow of ...


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Oh man this is a good question! As always, coming from a Catholic perspective: The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say about resurrection generally: What is "rising"? In death, the separation of the soul from the body, the human body decays and the soul goes to meet God, while awaiting its reunion with its glorified body. God, in his ...


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In short, Jesus' resurrection had to be first, because his resurrection is the cause of our resurrection. Keep in mind that the resurrection of Jesus is unique. Jesus is fully man, certainly, but he is also fully God, hypostatically united to the Word. (See John 1:1 and 1:14: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;" ...


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The hope we have in Jesus's resurrection is that He died for our sins, and He rose from the grave. We can go to Heaven because of this. Without Jesus, we would remain condemned in our sins. Romans explains in detail: [Rom 6:9-23 NKJV] ... knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For ...


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CAVEAT: I am not familiar with whatever differences might exist between the Chalcedonian Creed's perspective on Christ's humanity and the CJCLDS's perspective on the same. I'll let my answer stand, however, if only to provide a traditional Protestant (and perhaps Roman Catholic?) perspective in the matter. If I have failed the questioner by not comparing and ...


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this is a good question, in the old Testament an animal sacrifice was required to be given to God as an offering to atone for the sins that were committed after the last sacrifice, I have borrowed the first paragraph from Why did God require animal sacrifices in the Old Testament? a website I found with a quick search on animal sacrifice in the bible. ...


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The two events only differ on two points: Who is raised. When they are raised. Both parties are actually judged equally, and we assume the method of the raising is the same. The First Resurrection takes place at Christ's coming and consists of the Righteous Christians only. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice ...


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Early on, the Church fought against a heresy known as Docetism. Docetism taught that Jesus only appeared to look like a man, but in reality was not. Any teaching that denied the existence of Jesus' resurrected body not functioning as a normal, human body, is thus technically heretical in Nicene formulation. For this reason, the Chalcedonian Creed states ...


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This will take a bit of work...But thankfully, the work has already been done :) If you go to Volume 2 of Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology, p 591, you will there see a pretty good treatment of Christ's Death and Burial. (Search for "Christ humbled Himself even unto death, and continued under the power of death for a time." minus the quotes in the pdf) ...


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Scripture speaks of the likeness of Adam and the likeness of Christ, making some distinction between them: “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:49). Christ will remain a man, but his deity that was once veiled in his humanity will shine through it. Because of the ...


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As I understand it, he is saying that our future perception may be "expanded", while still being qualitatively the same - in particular, not approaching the very different perception of time that God has. (We experience time as a succession of cause and effect; we can remember the past but can only conjecture about the future. On the other hand, God sees all ...


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There are two types of Resurrections in the Bible. 1. Temporary Resurrection Those who are brought back from the dead without a new body given to them. They will still die again when their time comes. This resurrection is mostly for the purpose of God's glory or to simply extend the life of the dead person on Earth as a result of prayer. This, even now is ...


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Although I am only able to answer for my Church as a Baptist we believe that the resurrection means that Jesus Body reclaimed life just as it was when he was crucified. And that belief we base on several Scriptures such as: Luk 24:38 through 43 KJV And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my ...


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The Bible does not say there will be infinite joy, but rather the absence of its opposite. Revelation 21:4 states: 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” The absence of death (cf. 1 Corinthians 15) and the ...


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I'm a Lutheran pastor, so I'll answer from a Lutheran perspective. A good text that helps address this is Colossians 1:15-20. Paul says of Jesus Christ: "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or ...


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The resurrection of Jesus Christ follows the plan of redemption which allows for our salvation. Our salvation prepares us for the kingdom of God, and for our work here on earth. 1 Corinthians 15;20-23 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of ...


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Hope initiating from the resurrection of Jesus Christ presupposes Jesus is the son of God and His sacrifice extends His righteousness to all that believe. Hope is an expectance; Christian-hope is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ’s work of redemption, which culminated in His victory over sin (the resurrection). Romans 5:12-21 Wherefore, as by one ...


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Simply, Jesus resurrection means anyone who dies will resurrect to an 'everlasting life'. All those who were made to resurrect before(Eg: Lazarus) died later, while Jesus ascended to the skies from infront of His disciples. This resurrection also means He has achieved victory over death, so that we too have a way to have victory over death by believing in ...


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According to my King James translation and as many other Bible translations I know of; you can die twice but only be resurrected once. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first ...



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